Gingerbread Stout | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Gingerbread StoutGingerbread Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
hardywood.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with baby ginger from Casselmonte Farm and wildflower honey from Bearer Farms, Hardywood Gingerbread Stout captures the terroir of central Virginia in a rich, creamy libation with a velvety mouthfeel and an intriguing evolution of flavors from milk chocolate and vanilla to honeycomb and cinnamon to a snap of ginger in the finish.

Deep, dark chocolate in color with a mahogany tint and a frothy, caramel colored head, Hardywood Gingerbread Stout offers aromatics of holiday spice originating from the ginger, and balanced with a generous dose of whole Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans and Vietnamese cinnamon. Milk sugar (lactose) contributes to the full body of this stout and tames its roasty character, while oats lend a silky quality. Enjoy fresh, or cellar for a special occasion. We hope Hardywood Gingerbread Stout contributes to your merriment this season.

55 IBU

Added by TechTriumph on 12-08-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
190
Ratings:
1,378
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
11.27%
 
 
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Photo of Guppy314
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle, pours as murky black with a dense lasting head. Roasted malt and ginger aromas. Amazingly convincing (and pronounced) gingerbread taste with stout malts, spice, and chocolate. Body is decent; nicely carbonated and a bit of creaminess, but also a bit of a watery finish.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
3.41/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Like the-adjunct-hippie 's comments I had an older release and it was tough to consume. Straight ginger and spice nothing else. I feel this a beer that needs to be drank fresh

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2014 release. Guess this is 3 years old.

Dark chocolate brown body with a pinkish beige 2 finger head.

Aromas of ginger, maple sap, oatmeal, chocolate, and alcohol - I wanna say bourbon sweetness although there's no barrel to be found in the recipe. Lots of delicious spices waft up to the olfactory too.

Flavor is mostly absent honestly...and by that I mean it hides behind a watery body to start. I'm guessing this has to be consumed fresh. Behind the water, I get old crumbled gingerbread man, coffee grounds, molasses, nutmeg, and red hots. Ending on coffee and sympathetic fake sugar with breaths of ginger. As it warms it just gets awful. Awful.

Feel is pretty watery, but leaves an interesting coating on the palate, with some roasty dryness and biting carbonation. Just way too thin for a stout in any instance.

Well, Gingerbread Stout was a fail for me. Having a real hard time finishing it. I honestly think it's something that needs to be consumed fresh. Unfortunate, but I guess I can cross this off my list now :-(

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeremy for this one!
Pours a dark brown with tan foam that fades after a few minutes. Graham cracker, cinnamon, honey aromas. Tastes a little more stouty, though the ginger and cinnamon come out in spades. Light to medium bodied, a little thin but drinkable enough. Good festive holiday beer. Makes a good mixer with a coffee imperial stout.

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Photo of johnnybgood1999
2.64/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Good looking stout coming out of the bottle. A slight hint of ginger and sweet malt comes through on the nose. Taste is sweet and very, very slightly holiday spiced. The brew is just too thin for the style as well. I want to like these Hardywood beers as it is an in state brewery. So far I just can't see the hype.

This beer has quite the reputation, but I cannot recommend it. Like the other stouts I have tried from them, this beer lacks substance for a big beer. It's too thin and I don't find much in the way of typical stout characteristics.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Looks almost black with dark khaki foam. Lots of lacing.
Gingerbread spice smell is dominant. Sweet and heavy. Warmth from alcohol is noticeable. Really does taste like gingerbread. Not a big fan of the lactose. Overall: great in small doses. Just the thing to get through the dark winter nights.

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Photo of BltByKrmn
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2016 batch, bottle into a red wine glass.

I don't quite understand the hype on this one. As someone else mentioned here it's as if someone mixed an OK base stout with Coca-Cola and ginger beer. The ginger isn't very pronounced, I get zero cinnamon or sweetness and the mouth feel is on the thin side.

Not bad but not something I would seek out.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Optics are expected, retention is minimal. Aroma is very nice and fairly decadent - definitely pick up the vanilla and cinnamon, and a sweetness from the honey is a very nice touch, though oddly the ginger wasn't very present and more of a lurker in the background. Taste has lots of flavor, and it is elegant and subtle. It would be easy to spam the ginger or cinnamon but everything here is very well blended. There is a roasted malt upfront, medium and smooth, with the ginger coming in next, and then silky vanilla flavors...maybe a tad too much lactose but that is really the only flaw, and it is minor. The ginger does heat up as the beer sits out though. Great example of a spiced beer that doesn't overcompensate with cloying flavor but has the confidence to let the natural flavors carry the load.

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Photo of drtth
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out dark brown, almost black, into Corsondonk goblet with a 1/4" layer of dark tan foam. There is little lacing. Sipping creates a few patches of foam on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is filled with gingerbread spices and dark milk chocolate. There also seems to be something a lot like a dark bread but it's hard to be sure as it's so well integrated in the the whole.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose but with the dark milk chocolate and light sweetness moving forward as the gingerbread flavors become as the supporting cast. While it's clear there's ginger in here, the other gingerbread spices are so well integrated with each other than none really stands out. The flavor profile is quite complex so that every time I think I've identified one spice I realize it's mixed in with other things.

The mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium bodied and creamy smooth with some light, persistent carbonation. The fairly long finish begins as the gingerbread spices briefly trade places with the dark milk chocolate as the sweetness starts to fade. Then everything moves towards the back of the palate as it turns dry. Towards the end all that remains is a bit of dry dark roast malt bitterness leaving what seems like a bit of chalky dryness at the end. Then all is gone.

Overall this is a really good beer which delivers the expected flavors and is a pleasure to drink. The flavors are complex and well integrated so that no indivdual component stands entirely alone and above the others. No question in my mind I'll be having this one again. If you want something to serve before or after a holiday dinner, take a close look at this one.

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Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tan head. Black in color.

I was surprised that I enjoyed this one as much as I did. Tastes like gingerbread cookies. Sweet. Chocolate and cocoa.

Medium to full bodied. A little roast. Ends spiced.

Nice beer. Very fun to try!

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Photo of Masonz223
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smell: Big christmas spices ginger nutmeg cinnamon hints of vanilla and milk chocolate

Taste: upfront big roasted malts middle of the mouth the spices come in ginger cinnamon nutmeg all spice toasted bread in the finish you get some sweetness possibly from the honey dark chocolate a little bit of vanilla lactose and more of those roasted malts.

Feel: this is the real bright spot of the beer medium to full bodied super creamy and smooth.

Overall: a pretty solid beer but I'm a bit underwhelmed with it wish the aroma and taste popped more. You get all the Christmas spices but they aren't really that intense. Hopefully the barrel aged version will kick this beer up to the next level. A good beer to try around the holidays.

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Photo of ksimons
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-very dark brown, almost black, with two fingers worth of tan colored head

S-gingerbread, chocolate, and molasses

T-taste is similar to a typical stout but a bit sweeter with gingerbread, vanilla, and milk chocolate

M-not as big a body as a typical stout, but not too thin either, with moderate carbonation

Overall a nice way to mix up a stout, nice amount of ginger and chocolate sweetness

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Photo of Riff
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black in color with a light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Smells of gingerbread, vanilla, and cinnamon. Not the strongest smells coming from this, more subdued. Tastes are less subtle, toasted malts, gingerbread, and sugar. The feel is one I really like, creamy, light, silky smooth, and easy to drink.

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Photo of avalon07
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a small amount of tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not a lot of lacing, though.

S: A very large, enticing aroma of gingerbread, malt, vanilla, and spices.

T: Tasted of a good amount of malt, lots and lots of spices (cinnamon, cardamom, cloves), a huge shot of gingerbread, light chocolate notes, vanilla, honey, and a sugary quality. Definitely a big, powerful flavor, loaded with spices. Quite complex and incredibly enjoyable.

F A good shot of carbonation with a creamy, smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: This is a big, tasty, spicy beer. It's well made, easy to drink, and certainly worth searching for.

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Photo of teromous
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't see any date listed on the bottle or the label.

Appearance: It's a black beer with a thick creamy light-khaki head. Great retention and lacing, especially for a 9.2% ABV beer.

Aroma: I am picking up a light but pleasant ginger aroma.

Taste: I am getting a nice combination of ginger and cinnamon but mostly cinnamon. There is a bit of a toasted bitterness at the end. It has quite a lot of spice which seems to really hide the flavor of the base beer but the overall flavor is still good.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice thick mouthfeel with a light touch of bitterness at the end.

Overall: This is a very enjoyable beer and if you are looking for something that tastes like gingerbread then you will find it here. There is a lot of spice to the beer (mostly cinnamon) so keep that in mind before jumping in. In a nutshell I would recommend it if you like spice in beers and I would drink it again.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a wide snifter. Pours a deep, opaque black with a khaki head that dissipates very slowly and leaves some lacing on the side of the glass. Very pretty pour. Smell is a bit muted and dissapointing, with just a touch of burnt sugar and spices, but nothing that really jumps out. Flavor is much more pronounced. Flavors start with lactose sweetness, caramel, roasted flavors, then transition to spices, ginger mainly and maybe clove or nutmeg, lastly you get the sweetness again. Feel is full bodied, with a sweet finish. Overall, I like this but find it hard to understand it's hype. This baby is beloved here in Richmond, but for me, it's just too sweet. However, I'm (pretty much) vegan, so it's possible that maybe I'm just not used to the flavor and sweetness of lactose or that I'm just not used to this style that I've only dabbled in a few times (hence being "pretty much" vegan). I like it, but it's not something I'd go crazy for.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: pours brown but looks black in the glass. It dad a half finger of head trust fades fast
S: chocolate, slight cinnamon, overall sweet but lacking a big pop.
T: nice chocolate and bigger than the nose cinnamon.
F: super smooth, but a lighter feel.

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Photo of tigg924
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque, black in color with one inch head. Taste is pure gingerbread cookie--Ginger, brown sugar, cardamon, cloves, and molasses. Heavy bodied, sweet and delicious. Great dessert beer. Will look for this treat again.

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Photo of strohme2
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Part of my NBS BIF#3 package. It's been a longtime want and I'm glad to have ticked it off the list.

Pours a deep dark brown with a puffy light tan head. The fluffiness fades but leaves decent lacing around the glass as I drink it down. Smells like it's title! Gingerbread, ginger, clover honey, some vanilla, spices and maple. Liquid gingerbread in a glass. Nothing overpowers and everything plays nicely together. Nice spices and ginger, very well done. The mouthfeel is a bit lacking for me. While it is smooth and definitely drinkable, it needs a bigger body.
Overall, a unique stout that I am glad to have tried.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate color. Aroma is ginger a touch of cinnamon and some booziness. Flavor follows the nose but ginger overpowers a little. The mouthfeel is a little thin but overall it's a pretty nice beer.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle into #properglassware. Shared with schen9303.

Extremely aromatic nose. Hints of ginger, sugar cookie, cinnamon, chocolate and lactose. Very sweet with a big dose of spice. Unique. Flavor starts off sweet. Gingerbread, sugar cookie, chocolate, cinnamon spice and other Christmas spices. Molasses in the back with a touch of booziness on the finish. This one's chewy on the palate. Thick, rich and dense with the slightest hint of bubbles but the spice component keeps it lively in the mouth. Finishes a bit hot but its welcome.

A great base beer for accepting additional flavors and I can see why Hardywood decides to do variations of this one.

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Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from my cousin John B. What a way to cap the evening, nice full bodied stout, hints of gingerbread accent rather than overwhelm the roast grain base brew. Mildly sweet and spicy with a gentle warmth to finish things up.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Out of a bottle into my tulip. Family hook up through my cousin Brandt!
A – Poured black as the Grinch’s heart with a touch of milk chocolate head that settled down nicely.
S – Ginger, molasses, vanilla, cream.
T – Well now it starts with ginger as one would expect. Follows with several flavors like vanilla bean, light coffee, honey, cinnamon and just a touch of malt. Has an ever so slight bitterness that is immediately squashed by a great cream flavor. It gives it a great light sweet finishing quality. You can taste the alcohol but barely.
M – Medium carbonation. Medium bodied. Smooth and clean on the palate.
O – Dynamite. The flavors of this brew blend perfectly together and actually nail the “gingerbread stout”. Many do not though they claim to be. This is a dangerous drinker as it’s so good you don’t get the alcohol.

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Photo of Zebulan
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark pour with thick tan head. Head stays as I drink it.
S: First smell is of course the ginger. Sweet smell
T: Taste as it smells. Nice spice in the ginger. Cookie taste as well. Full and sweet.
F: Good thickness coats the mouth. Warm taste that continues.
O: Great beer. Creatively made. Smells, tastes, reminds me of Christmas and everything that goes with it. The only way to improve on this is to try the Bourbon Barrel version which is also superb.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage.

Poured from the cork and cage bottle into a Belgian tulip.

Smells like Christmas, tastes like Christmas, feels like Christmas. Lots of spices going on with this brew. I taste allspice dram type flavorsnfoing in here. This is basically Christmas day in a bottle. I love it!

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